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Caleb's Door

USA 2009
produced by
Marilyn Horowitz, Lisa Lawrence for Chaos and Desire Productions
directed by Arthur Vincie
starring Carl Di Maggio, Charles Stransky, Penny Balfour, Andrea Reese, Stephen C.Bradbury, Rick Mowat, Abigail Lopez, Cathy Haase, Michael Philip Del Rio, David Runco, Dean Alai, Eric Shaamma, Neal Lerner, Joshua Shull, John Putman
written by Arthur Vincie, music by Marek Kisiel

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Ex marine and wannabe writer Caleb (Carl DiMaggio) returns to his hometown, and before you know it, he has hooked up again with his ex Liz (Penny Balfour) and has had sex with her (though she's only days away from getting married), and his old priest Joseph (Charles Stransky) - whom he doesn't have sex with. But he's also plagued by dreams about a red door and a cloaked killer ... and when Liz falls into a coma and father Joseph is almost killed by a heart attack, he links these events to his dreams, and eventually finds out everything has to do with his violent father, whom he hasn't seen for ages - but when he arrives at his place, he learns that dad has died a month ago. The next time the red door of his dreams appears to Caleb, he walks through it, and on the other side he finds Liz and father Joseph in trance, held by the cloaked man, who reveals himself to be Caleb's own father, who did all of this only to lure his son here. Dad promises to let the priest and the woman go if Caleb follows him to the land of the dead - to which Caleb agrees, but then he tricks his father and throws him into the land of the dead on his own.

In the end, both Liz and father Joseph are saved, and Caleb has finished the book he was writing on.


To sum this film up in a word: What?

Ok, the whole thing doesn't start out too badly and promises some David Lynch-style mystery with a few slasher elements thrown in just for good measure. But after a while, the film veers off into psychoanalysis and religious symbolism, and gets both so horribly wrong that it tries to save itself into the most stupid of endings.

That all said, you might like the first half of the movie for its buildup of weirdness, but do yourself a favour and turn off after this to not be utterly disappointed.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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